Saturday, October 7, 2017

10th Annual Worldwide Photowalk

This was the 10th anniversary of the Worldwide Photowalk. By bride Christi singed up once again to lead one of the many around the world, here in Porter, Indiana. 

This Worldwide Photowalk event is held the 1st Saturday of each year, so mark you calendars now for next years walk which Christi is planning at Potato Creek State Park in North Liberty, Indiana. The event is held to support The Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage organization. Asking donation is $1. Again, this is a donation. Spend as little or as much as you would like, or even nothing is you so choose.

Here is Christi wrote for this years photowalk location (click "here" for Christi's blog): 

"I invite you to join me for a relaxing photo walk through nature and history… Any and all skill levels are welcomed, and what you use to shoot with is up to you, if you’re comfortable shooting with a cell phone, have at it!

This is one of my favorite places to enjoy nature, and it’s rich in Indiana history. I can spend hours here, and will probably stay after the walk, or return if anyone wants to do lunch and share favorite spots and photos.

About the location…

In 1822, fur trade pioneer Joseph Bailly established a trading post on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. He acquired the homestead and surrounding lands in the 1830s. Bailly Homestead was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962 and is preserved by the National Park Service.

The original house has been restored to its 1917 appearance and, during the summer, is open for scheduled tours. Other buildings on the property include a two-story log cabin which served as a summer kitchen prior to being used as a chapel, a brick house that was built in 1874 by Bailly’s daughter, Rose Howe, and a storehouse. The Bailly Cemetery is located about a half mile north of the homestead.

Chellberg Farm was established by Swedish immigrants, Anders and Johanna “Kjellberg,” who purchased 80 acres in Porter County in the 1870s to establish a modest family farm. Three generations of the Chellberg family lived there and in the 1930s, started to tap the property’s maple trees to produce syrup.

Along with the historical buildings and cemetery (if anyone is interested, and time allows it) we can hike part of the diverse Little Calumet Trail. It would include hiking through a forest dominated by maple, beech, basswood, and oak trees. We’d follow a stretch of the Little Calumet River, once a critical transportation route for early regional travelers, and explore the recently restored Mnok√© Prairie for a glimmer of the vast stretches of pre-settlement grasslands.

Trail Length – 3.7 miles
(Bailly/Chellberg loop: 2.1 miles; Little Calumet loop: 1.6 miles).
Average Hike Time – 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Trail Surface – Packed soil and wood chips; stairs.
Difficulty – Easy to moderate; mostly flat, but with some steep grades and stairs."

The photographs below will show you some of this walk. I hope you can make the take to go visit yourself. It is a wonderful experience!

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